A severe hail-storm with thunder and lightning on Monday, a wet day Tuesday, with the appearance of more on the 18th, led me to fear there would be but a poor show. I was agreeably disappointed; there never was a better meeting in January. At the farther end of the council-room, occupying nearly the whole stage, were collections of Orchids from Messrs J. Veitch & Sons, of the Royal Exotic Nurseries, Chelsea, and from the gardens of Lord Londesborough, Grim-ston Park, Tadcaster, to each of which a special certificate was awarded. The collection of Messrs Veitch was relieved and much improved by the judicious introduction of a few elegant Palms. In Lord Londesborough's collection was (amongst other fine things) a plant with three fine spikes of the beautiful winter-flowering Saccolabium giganteum.

Mr B. S. Williams, Victoria Nurseries, Holloway, exhibited a miscellaneous collection, comprising a number of fine plants of his useful Solanum hybridum compactum, a fine plant of Genetyllis Hookerii in flower, and a handsome specimen of Yucca filamentosa variegata; a special certificate was awarded. Mr Charles Turner, of the Royal Nurseries, Slough, received a special certificate for a very fine collection of green-leaved and variegated Aucubas, neat little plants trained in the form of dwarf standards in small pots, bearing as many as from 200 to 300 berries in large handsome clusters. A collection of Orchids from the Society's gardens, in which was a very fine plant of Lycaste Skinnerii, and numerous collections of Chinese Primulas and Cyclamens showed how useful and effective they are for winter decoration. From J. Lowe, Esq., Highfield House, Nottingham, came a collection of very interesting new forms of Scolopendrium vulgare, and several other varieties of our native Ferns. First-class certificates were awarded to Adiantum capillas-veneris, var. Admirable, one of the most distinct and graceful forms ever exhibited; to Scolopendrium vulgare, var. consummatum, with thick rigid fronds curiously tasseled.

Messrs Veitch received a first-class certificate for Cypripedium vexillarum, a very interesting and beautiful cross between Fairiecanum and barbatum; and a second-class certificate for Mormodes Colossus, a singular and showy stove epiphyte with long loose racemes of reddish buff flowers. A second-class certi6cate was also awarded to Messrs A. Henderson & Co., Pine-apple Place, Edgeware Road, for Ficus lanceolata, with bold showy foliage. A special certificate was also deservedly awarded to Messrs Backhouse & Son, York, for a splendid variety of Loelia aut-umnalis named grandiflora, and to Messrs J. Brooke & Co., Nurserymen, Fairfield, Manchester, for the first branched spike of Odontoglossum Alexandras ever exhibited. It was 2 feet 2 inches long, 1 feet 4 inches across, with flowers 2 inches in diameter.

A collection of American garden-tools was exhibited by Mr Robinson, of no particular merit apparently; the same exhibitor also sent a coarse - looking Potato, resembling the Bovinia or cattle-feeder; it was said to be much esteemed by the Mormons. The best of the American Potatoes are not nearly so good as our own proved English varieties; most of them are only fit for cattle. There were specimens of admirably preserved fruit, both in bottles and dried, some popcorn and a cornpopper, and also dried specimens of a new species of dwarf-flowering alpine rock Shrub from the summit of the Rocky Mountains. All the above, I believe, were brought by Mr Robinson from America.

The following special certificates were awarded by the fruit committee: To Mr J. Meredith, The Vineyard, Garston, for Muscat of Alexandria Grapes; bunches large, berries large and well coloured. To Mr W. Ewart, Apethrope Gardens, Wansford, for two dishes of Easter Beurre Pears. To Mr J. Clark, the Gardens, Rochampton, for a fine dish of Glou Morceau Pears. Also to Signor Domenico Piccirillo, of Wigmore Street, Cavendish Square, London, for a fine box of Spanish Chestnuts grown in Italy, called Naples Giant.

A very fine dish of a new kitchen-Apple, named Galloway Pippin, was sent by Messrs J. Backhouse & Son; it was ordered to be cooked, and a sub-committee to report on it.

Prizes were offered in Class 1 for nine Ivies, in pots, distinct (open). Mr Turner, Royal Nurseries, Slough, was first with handsome pyramids of Hedera helix aurea, H. latifolia maculata, H. maculata, H. grandiflora pallida variegated, and others with green leaves. Several collections were exhibited, all in the pyramid form.

Class 2

9 Hardy Conifers, distinct (open).

Class 3

Kitchen - Apples, 3 dishes, distinct (open). Mr Turner was first with fine specimens of Alfriston, Golden Noble, and Blenheim Pippin; second, Mr T. Parsons, gardener to R. Attenborough, Esq., Fairlawn, Acton Green.

Class 4

Kitchen Pears, 3 dishes, distinct (open). Mr Turner was again first with very fine dishes of Uvedale's St Germain, Catillac, and Vicar of Winkfield; second, Mr Gardiner, Eatington Park, Lower Stratford - on - Avon. The competition in fruit was very spirited, especially in Apples, some eight or nine collections being staged. J. D.

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According to the arrangements of the Society medals were offered for Cyclamens exhibited at this meeting, and in response the finest display of these charming spring flowers that has ever been brought together was arranged in the conservatory. These constituted a show in themselves, and the splendid varieties showed on the one hand the marvellous improvement that has been effected in this popular flower, and on the other afforded striking evidence of high cultivation. The meeting was thus, by the Cyclamen groups alone, both attractive and instructive. Prominent as another great attraction of the meeting was a magnificent group of Orchids exhibited by Sir Trevor Lawrence, Bart. The vigour of the plants in this group, and the size and freshness of the flowers, riveted the attention of all beholders. These groups, with collections of plants from most of the leading nurseries, and a good display of fruit for the season, rendered the meeting a highly successful one.

Fruit Committee

John Lee, Esq., in the chair. Messrs Kinmont& Kidd, nurserymen, Canterbury, sent a seedling Apple called Duchess of Edinburgh, raised from crossing Golden Winter Pearmain with Court of Wick. It was a good Apple, but not so good as many varieties at this season. They also sent Uncle Tom, another seedling which had no merit. Mr M'Robie, Broomsberrow Place, Ledbury, sent a seedling Apple which possessed no merit. Messrs. W. Paul & Son, Waltham Cross, sent fruit of Peck's Pleasant, an American Apple of tender flesh and sweet flavour, but it had no great merit, being rather mawkish. Mr Divers, gardener, Wierton Place, Maidstone, sent three dishes of Apples, consisting of Golden Knob, Green Nonpareil, and Pomme Royale, Ribston Pippin, Hanwell Souring, Blenheim Pippin, and Northern Greening; a letter of thanks was awarded. Mr Wallis, gardener, Keele Hall, sent a dish of Beurre Diel Pear, which was passed. Messrs Sutton & Sons, Reading, sent a seedling Rhubarb, named the "Reading Ruby," which was not considered an acquisition.

Mr Lewis Killick, Langley, Maidstone, sent twenty-four varieties of Potatoes. Mr S. Ford, The Gardens, Leonardslee, Horsham, sent a collection of forty-nine varieties of Apples and one of Pears; these had been remarkably well kept, and the Committee awarded a letter of thanks.

Floral Committee

G. F. Wilson, Esq., F.R.S., in the chair.